Local comedians Derek Minto and John Dick Winters, along with Hambone’s owner Jeff Holt, are teaming up to bring Pittsburgh its first and only independent stand up comedy club. Starting in October, Hambone’s second room will be rebranded the Burning Bridges Comedy Club, and will present two shows Saturday, one Sunday in addition to its award winning open mics Monday and Thursday.
October will feature headliners Sam Tallent (Comedy Central, Viceland) October 6th, Bill Crawford (WDVE Morning Show, Sullivan and Sons) October 13th, and Ben Roy (Comedy Central, Tru TV) October 20th. Future programming will be a mix of national headliners and local showcases. Sunday’s will feature “The Residency”, spotlighting a local comic all month as they hone their material. Shows will range in price but will typically be $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday. There will be no drink/item minimum.
The Burning Bridges Comedy Club derives its name from the Burning Bridges Festival, which Hambone’s plays home to every spring. In three years, the festival has become Pennsylvania’s largest stand up comedy event. Hambone’s has long hosted the city’s best open mic every Thursday along with weekend showcases. The Burning Bridges Comedy Club’s mission is to highlight the thriving Pittsburgh stand up comedy scene and providing a space for burgeoning national acts.